It’s that time of year. Yes, that time. The time where we find ourselves pulling our hats down over our ears, and yanking our collars up over our necks to try to keep out that chill in the air. The days are getting shorter, and for that reason, it’s that much harder to pull yourself out of a toasty bed in the mornings, at least while it’s still dark out.
In an attempt to surrender voluntarily over to the coming winter months, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite recipes for healthy, hot beverages meant to warm you to your core. Sure everyone knows about the old standards: spiced apple cider, hot cocoa, warm herbal tea. But we’re betting these new beverages will quickly become old favourites, not only because these hot drinks are delicious, but because they also deliver an overall boost to your immune system. Warming spices like cinnamon and turmeric work to stabilize blood sugar, while also aiding digestion. Antioxidants like matcha and ginger kickstart your body’s natural defences, while superfood maca delivers an energy boost with its mix of essential fatty and amino acids.
Matcha Maca Latte
Matcha is a finely ground powder created from the finest green tea leaves. This green tea is known to possess many therapeutic benefits and enables the body to fight more effectively against many ailments. Matcha is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Enjoy in latte, mixed with a little maca powder!
Viennese Hot Maca Chocolate
Indulge in this comforting and delicious hot chocolate topped with a coconut whipped cream. The maca will provide you with a little boost of energy, while the drink itself is bound to warm you up from the inside. It's just what the doctor ordered: a big dose of feel-good!
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte
Sip your way to heavenly bliss with this warm, comforting and totally vegan pumpkin spiced latte! Enjoy it on a brisk fall day while wrapped in your favourite sweater. You can keep the homemade pumpkin-spice syrup in the fridge for up to 3 weeks - although we're pretty sure it'll be gone long before that!
Golden Milk with Turmeric, Cardamom and Ginger
Turmeric is used in Ayurvedic medicine to stimulate and protect the digestive organs. It also has many anti-inflammatory properties as well as is loaded with antioxidants, making it an all-around good thing. If you're already suffering from a cold, we suggest you mix turmeric in a glass of water with some lemon. For a tastier treat, try this recipe with almond milk.
So whether you’re on your morning commute to work, or spending the day outdoors, or cozying up with a blanket and a movie, these four recipes will keep those winter chills at bay!